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World View: Russian Military Advisers Enter the Fray in Syria

World View: Russian Military Advisers Enter the Fray in Syria

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Morsi’s landslide referendum victory divides Egypt
  • Russian military advisers enter the fray in Syria
  • Assad’s air strikes target bakeries to deprive Syrians of bread

Morsi’s landslide referendum victory divides Egypt

Mohamed Morsi
Mohamed Morsi

The overwhelming 64% “YES” vote on the referendum to approve the draftconstitution has divided Egypt has thrilled the supporters of Egypt’spresident Mohamed Morsi, and frightened his opponents. The newconstitution, which was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood andconservative Salafists, incorporates Islamic Sharia law, whichopponents claim deprives most citizens, especially women, of thehard-won rights that they fought for in last year’s Egyptianrevolution, violating many promises by Morsi. It now turns out thatthe Muslim Brotherhood was training over 7,000 activists to get outthe vote on the referendum, whiles opposition leaders squabbled amongthemselves. Opposition leaders are hoping to overturn referendumresults, pointing out that only 33% of eligible voters even botheredto vote, but it’s hard to see how they can overcome the 64% majorityof those who did vote. One of the opposition’s examples of allegedlies by Morsi was his claim, prior to the vote, that Article 198 ofthe new constitution prohibits military trials of civilians. However,they point out that the actual article states:

“Civilians shall not stand trial before militarycourts except for crimes that harm the Armed Forces. The law shalldefine such crimes and determine the other competencies ofMilitary Judiciary.”

The opposition points out that this article allows the army to try anycivilian in military court, since the army decides which crimes are tobe tried. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Jerusalem Post

Russian military advisers enter the fray in Syria

The statements by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that we reported yesterday that Syria’schemical weapons were “under control,” with the aid of “Russianmilitary advisers training Syria’s military,” is causing rapidstrategic changes in the West’s plans. Up until three days ago,it was feared that the regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assadwould use his chemical and biological weapons against the opposition,and this would trigger a forced response by the West to takecontrol of these weapons, using ground forces and air power.However, new reports indicate that Russia has upgraded Syria’sdefensive forces with advanced surface to air missiles, mannedby Russian forces, making any U.S.-led intervention extremelydangerous, protracted and costly.

However, Debka puts an entirely different spin on this story, sayingthat Israel, the U.S. and Russia are actually cooperating to make surethat the opposition, especially al-Qaeda linked jihadists, do gaincontrol of the weapons. Guardian (London) and Debka

Assad’s air strikes target bakeries to deprive Syrians of bread

At least 90 people were killed an hundreds injured on Sunday by an airstrike by the regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad on a bakerwhere over 1,000 people were queuing for bread. The attack occurredin the town of Halfaya, where the rebels had driven out regime forces.The regime has particularly targeted bakeries in order to killcivilians and to deprive civilians of bread. Al-Jazeera

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